Gaston Bachelard

(1884-1962 / Bar-sur-Aube)

Gaston Bachelard Quotes

  • ''To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
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  • ''A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''There is no original truth, only original error.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988).
  • ''Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectifications of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''Poetry is one of the destinies of speech.... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "Introduction," sect. 2, The Poetics of Reverie (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "Introduction," sct. 4, The Poetics of Reverie (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "Introduction," sct. 6, The Poetics of Reverie (1960, trans. 1969).

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